No longer a ‘new’ librarian or information professional?
Remember your first time presenting at a conference/symposium?
We want you!
This year the New Librarians Symposium (NLS6) is asking presenters to be different – quite a challenge for first time presenters and attendees. To help them do this, we invite you to become an NLS6 mentor.
We will be matching presenters with mentors to help guide, encourage, bounce ideas, introduce to networks, and foster the enthusiasm and talent of our first-timers. These presenters are the information professionals of the future – and we want you to help us nurture them!
Presenters may want help developing their presentation topic, identifying their presentation style and professional voice, managing nerves, engaging the audience, practising their presentation – or something else entirely. This is where your wisdom and experience as a seasoned presenter will come in.
We hope that you will have some availability between now and February 2013 to help your mentee develop their skills. Regular contact will be a great help to your delegate, but you certainly won’t be expected to be in constant contact – how often you communicate with your mentee, and what you want to explore together will be up to you and them! We will provide you with informal guidelines on the mentoring process, and you will also have access to a member of the NLS6 team to help you along the way. From email, phone calls, text messages, Skype/Facetime, coffee meetings, or whatever works for you and your mentee, the relationship is yours to build, and the experience will be invaluable for you both.
To register interest, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘Mentor EOI’. The email should include a brief professional biography, including your particular areas of interest within the library and information sector, and your experience and expertise as a presenter.
Thank you for supporting NLS6!